Warning Signs: Heart Attack


If you think you are having a heart attack, call 000 now


What to look for:

Symptoms of heart attack


You may feel Pain, Pressure, Heaviness or Tightness in your:

  • Chest
    • Heart attack pain is generally described as a heaviness, tightness, pressure or crushing sensation in the centre of the chest. The discomfort may be mild and make you feel generally unwell. Chest pain that is sharp and stabbing is less associated with having a heart attack.
  • Jaw
    • A discomfort, pain, ache or tightness in and around the lower jaw on either sides. The discomfort may spread from your chest to your jaw.
  • Neck
    • A general discomfort of pain in your neck, or a choking or burning feeling in your throat. May spread from your chest or shoulders to your neck
  • Shoulder(s)
    • A general ache, heaviness or pressure which spreads from your chest to your shoulders.
  • Back
    • A dull ache in between their shoulder blades, which may spread from your chest to your back.
  • Arm(s)
    • Discomfort, pain, heaviness, numbness or tingling in one or both arms. May spread from your chest to your arms.
You may also feel:


  • Nausea
    • You may feel nauseous or generally unwell
  • Dizziness
    • You may feel dizzy or light headed
  • Cold Sweat
    • People commonly break out in a cold sweat when experiencing a heart attack
  • Shortness of Breath
    • You may feel short of breath or have difficulty breathing. Difficulty in taking a deep breath is due to the tight or constricted feeling in the chest. 

Not all heart attacks will produce all of the above symptoms.

Also, the symptoms are not always sudden or severe.

Some heart attacks do not produce any chest pain or discomfort at all. People with diabetes are particularly prone to painless heart attacks.

If you suspect a heart attack or have any concerns or doubts then call 000 immediately (or 112 from your mobile phone). It is better to make the call early if you have any concerns than to wait and see what comes of it.

Don't be concerned about calling 000 in a false alarm. A false alarm is the best result for all involved. All chest pain needs to be taken seriously, and a full assessment by a medical professional is required. If it is a heart attack, the onset of pain is due to the heart muscle not receiving enough oxygen. The longer you wait, the more heart muscle that dies.

Remember too, it is natural for a person experiencing a heart attack to be in a state of confusion and panic, and judgement may be impaired. If you are around a person experiencing the above symptoms, take matters into your own hands and dial 000. You may save the person’s life. The ambulance service can provide advice over the phone, without necessarily requiring ambulance involvement or a trip to hospital.

Visit the Heart Foundation's website Heart Attack Facts to find out more.

This video from the National Heart Foundation further explains the warning signs of heart attack:

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